Blackstar Amplification HT-1R

HT-1R, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Blackstar Amplification in the HT-1 series.

tchibeck 12/07/2014

Blackstar Amplification HT-1R : tchibeck's user review

« Easy to use and awfully good »

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Value For Money : Excellent Audience: Anyone
- What styles of music do you intend to play with this amp?
Country, Blues, Rock

- Given its weight and output power, do you think it's good enough to work, rehearse and play live?

I don't know, I only use it in my room.
It's perfect for home use.

When I sell a guitar (I have sold several ones in recent times, to cure my addiction to collecting them) I'm always VERY surprised by the fact that potential buyers, those who come to my place to test the guitars, having the choice of a Mesa Boogie LoneStar and a Mesa Boogie Mini Rectifier, always choose to try them with my small Blackstar HT1R... No doubt this amp has its charm.

As for me, I play at 3 in the morning at home with a single-coil Gibson Victory, overdrive channel, gain at 6, Volume at 2, ISF at 7, Reverb at 4, guitar volume control at 3.

I live in a big place and I don't think I can bother anyone, but my wife says she can hear me.

- Do the clean, crunch and distortion sounds suit you? Are the controls effective?

I think it's perfect for everything, from clean to hard rock.

Do note however, that there's a huge volume difference (SPL) when going from the clean channel to the overdrive, which is quite normal.

During the day, with the gain and volume cranked up, the clean channel can deliver a nice overdrive all right. (No driving it too hard at night...).
During the day I connect it to the 2 x 12 cab of my Laney 20, and it really rocks you off your feet. Why spend more money when you can get such quality for so little?

The controls are incredibly effective and the reverb is discreet, which I love.

- What are the things that you like most and least about it?

To be honest, for the price, I can't complain. 1 watt! But what a watt!

If Blackstar reads this (we are allowed to dream, aren't we?), I'd ask them to do the same with a 12" speaker. 1 watt, nothing more.